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Toledo Zoo and Aquarium – June 2019 July 7, 2019

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Last months visit to see old friends at the Toledo Zoo was simply terrific. The zoo grows bigger and better with each of my visits and this time I was lucky enough to see the newly opened Promedica Museum of Natural History too. I do not have photos of the new museum in this week’s montage but trust me, it was fabulous. There is so much to see and explore in this expanding zoo/museum/aquarium it is a full day’s visit. I have visited my friends eight times since they relocated to Toledo and each journey is special. I’ll be back for sure.

Happy Red, White and Zoo July 4, 2019

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This was a fun montage to create. I didn’t realize how many animals could be included in this red, white and blue themed photo montage. Most of the animals depicted were taken at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. Obvious exclusions are the giant panda, cassowary (above) and the arctic fox (although we used to house that species) and the red-eyed tree frog (taken at the Prospect Park Zoo). Hope you all have a very safe and happy Fourth of July.

NYC Pride Parade June 30, 2019

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Today is a big day in NYC. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots is being celebrated with a larger than ever parade down Fifth Avenue. It is going to be loud and proud. Today’s salute features photos from previous Pride parades as seen from my small perch at Casa Lobo. So much progress has been made but more needs to be done. Have fun and be safe. The top photo is One-eyed Jack from last years festivities. That little guy crossed over the rainbow bridge last November. Miss him every day.

Potawatomi Zoo (and reunion 2019) June 23, 2019

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A recent trip to visit old friends in Toledo and South Bend, Indiana was loads of fun. Our friend, Josh Sisk is now acting director at the Potawatomi Zoo and is doing an amazing job. What a fun visit and reunion.  This 23 acre facility is beautiful – with a varied and interesting collection. The sightlines are wonderful and the habitats are large and user friendly to the visitor. They have eight species of primates, four species of big cats, Sichuan Takins (with two babies), camels, okapis and much more. There is something new and fascinating around every corner. Thank you Josh for your generosity and time. We loved our visit and will be back for sure.

Happy Father’s Day – 2019 June 16, 2019

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While most caregivers in the animal kingdom are mothers, there are some fathers who join in the role as caregiver. I salute some of those fathers out there in today’s photo montage. Coincidentally – tomorrow is also National Martini Day. Why not celebrate that special day today?

Central Park Zoo – June 2019 June 9, 2019

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I am on the road this weekend but prepared a salute to my home base, the Central Park Zoo before I left town. Enjoy some of our zoo’s amazing collection and meet one of our new galagos boys in the title photo. You can see them upstairs in the zoo’s Tropic Zone.

June is Bustin’ Out All Over (Brooklyn) June 2, 2019

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Spent another work day this week at my childhood zoo – the Prospect Park Zoo. The zoo looks amazing. It is green, vibrant and fun. Enjoy a June day in Brooklyn!

Animal Enrichment with Spring Flowers May 26, 2019

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Last Sunday’s photo enrichment session at the Central Park Zoo was lots of fun for both the animals and photographers. It was a glorious day. The sun was out, the temperature ideal and the animals all set to be enriched. A special shout out to our amazing zookeepers who created the enrichment items. Enjoy!

Central Park Zoo – May, 2019 May 19, 2019

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As most of you know, the Central Park Zoo is my home base. While fall is my favorite season I admit to being captivated with spring too. Our cool, rainy weather has made everything green and colorful. Today is our final zoo photo session of the season featuring flowers as animal enrichment. I am optimistic it will be a successful, fun visit for all. Photos, next week.

Happy Mother’s Day – 2019 May 12, 2019

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A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, caregivers, nurturers, pamperers, surrogates and loving coddlers out there. My mother, Lillian Wolfe, is long gone, but her advice, warnings and general ‘Lili-isms’ live on in our daily lives.  She taught us to laugh at life, to think, to question authority, to march, to protest – to fight the good fight. She also gave  us our moral compass – one glance from Lillian told us instantly whether our behavior was acceptable or not – and I got a lot of glances.  My sister Terry and I remember many childhood events differently but we both agree that our mother was a  pistol. Here’s to Lillian Wolfe – she formed and informed what we are today.